Spring often means rain and lots of it! April showers bring May flowers, but they also bring dripping, wet shoes into your home and onto your beautiful hardwood floors. Do not let soggy shoes dirty up or damage your floors! Minimally, wipe shoes on a mat outside the front door, remove them when you come inside, and leave them on an additional mat or towel in the entryway. Ask guests to your home to do this as well. This plan, however, is not attractive and can also damage flooring in the long term if wet towels or mats are left on the floor for too long. There are many decorative solutions to the wet shoes problem!
Decorative Trays: Purchase an inexpensive, deep tray from a big box store or inexpensive retailer such as HomeGoods or TJ Maxx. Shoes can go straight into the tray, which will collect water droplets. Smooth round stones can also be purchased and added to the tray so that shoes and boots are sitting on an elevated platform, allowing water droplets to drip off and filter through the rocks. This will also prevent your shoes from sitting in a puddle of water. Look for decorative stones or rocks at a gardening center or craft store.
Galvanized Tubs: A galvanized tub can sit right inside the door or even on the front porch. Galvanized metal can be incorporated into almost any design style from farmhouse casual to modern industrial. Galvanized tubs are meant to hold water and will keep water off the floor. Consider a galvanized metal tub outside the front entry for holding the muddiest boots or one right inside the door to keep wet shoes at bay.
Wooden Crates: This is another solution that can be made to match almost any décor. Paint basic wooden crates from a craft store in a shade or tone that matches your other décor. Wooden crates can go in the corner on your front entryway, either inside or outside, and can be stacked for more storage. Boots can stand upright in a crate to help them dry faster and to keep water from pooling on top of other shoes. Wooden crates keep shoes neat and pairs together.
Each of these shoe storage solutions are easy and inexpensive to implement. Teach small children to wipe their feet and remove their shoes at the door. Additionally, keep a small towel for wiping pet feet near the entryway to prevent their wet and muddy feet from damaging the flooring as well. Don’t have hardwood floors? Call us today for a consultation with one of our flooring specialists!
The entryway of a home is the jewel of what’s to come; most modern homes have an entryway or a ‘foyer’, but older homes, and smaller homes, don’t have the luxury of that kind of space. For many who want to have that ‘grand entrance’ but don’t have the space, it becomes especially challenging to define the entryway from the rest of the home. To do this, you need a little bit of design know-how, and a dedicated flooring that gives the guest a feel of a foyer without the actual dedicated area.
The flooring you choose for your ‘foyer’ should be easy to clean and durable. This is where most of your foot traffic will take place, and the flooring should be able to handle the shoes and muck and act as the buffer before your guests enter the rest of your home. Also, it’s important you choose a flooring your home can grow old with; meaning, don’t go too crazy with the style. This is the headline to the paragraph of your home, and should pair nicely with the rest of the home. Lastly, because this is a high traffic area, you want to make sure the flooring you choose isn’t too specialized or unique in case of damage. You want to be able to restore the floor if it’s damaged, and if you’ve chosen a difficult to find tile, you may have to pull up all the hard work you put into your makeshift foyer.
Some of the most popular choices for foyer flooring are:
Dark and rich in color with veining and character, slate is a popular choice for it’s durability and unique look. If something were to happen to a tile, it’s easy to replace, and still retain that unique look. Slate can be a little difficult to clean, but with a little elbow grease, you can maintain your slate, and showcase the rest of your home.
A more budget-friendly option and alternative to slate is porcelain. Porcelain tiles are easy to keep clean and are quite durable. If you want the look of slate in porcelain, it’s easy to choose a dark tile that mimics the look of slate. You won’t find the same texture here, but you can certainly be inspired by the natural look of slate.
Believe it or not, cork is a great option for an entryway for its sound and shock absorbency, how easily it cleans, and water-resistance. It’s a great choice for homes with children or for homes with a lot of in-and-out traffic.
Use decorative throw rugs and other design elements such as a bench or small table to enhance the area and make it feel like a real foyer. Our designers are available to help you carve out a dedicated foyer for the home that doesn’t already have one and give you that much needed buffer between the front door and the rest of your home!